Stray Hop On-Hop Off Jill Pass - North Island 10 Days

Want to see the very best of New Zealand's North Island? This is the pass for you! Whether you have 2 weeks or 12 months you can do a loop south of Auckland and end up where you started.

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12 months
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
30
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Any
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Not included
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Auckland
NZD $599
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What's Included

  • New Zealand bus pass valid for 12 months
  • Flexible, guided travel around New Zealand
  • Hop on hop off where you like
  • Start in Auckland and end in Auckland
  • Comfortable private buses
  • Stray Driver Guide - a source of local knowledge who can help with booking activities & accommodation
  • Off the beaten track - authentic, local culture

What's excluded

  • Accommodation cost - you have the flexibility to choose and pay-as-you-go at exclusive Stray prices!
  • Meals
  • Activities - you have the flexibility to choose and pay-as-you-go!

Why do we love this

"We love Stray because they take you further off the beaten track than anyone else, to remote destinations known as their Strademark Places!"

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

Who are Stray?

Stray is an independently owned travel company, made up of a group of young travellers who are passionate about making sure you experience awesome adventures. They are known for their flexible travel passes that take you completely off the beaten track. Every one of their chosen locations has tonnes of things to do and see, you can choose to stay in each place for as long as you like and tailor the trip to your style - from learning to surf to climbing mountains, from helicopter rides to thermal pools, Hobbiton to Maori weaving - you can do it all in New Zealand!

 

The Jill Pass Itinerary

 

DAY 1: AUCKLAND TO HAHEI

 

We leave Auckland and venture south towards the Coromandel Peninsula via the colonial town of Thames. The Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most beautiful spots on New Zealand's North Island. Once we arrive in Hahei, a small beachside town, we'll get settled into our accommodation and then head over to Hot Water Beach. At Hot Water Beach you can dig your own hot tub in the sand and soak in the natural hot spring. It's got to be the most relaxing way to spend a day at the beach! That evening, join the group for a delicious Kiwi BBQ.

 

Where are we staying?

Hahei Holiday Resort - with exclusive to Stray waterfront accommodation.

 

What can we do here?

Dig your own hot tub on Hot Water Beach!

 

Free Activity

Explore the beautiful beach of Cathedral Cove.

 

 

DAY 2: HAHEI

 

Today is all about discovering why Haihei is such a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders! Go kayaking in Cathedral Cove and see if you can recognise any filming locations from the Narnia series. Or spend the day on the water and take a boat tour across the Te-Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve, if you're feeling really active, get fully immersed and join a snorkelling excursion.

 

Where are we staying?

Hahei Holiday Resort - with exclusive to Stray waterfront accommodation.

 

What can we do here?

Go kayaking, hire bikes, take a boat tour or join a seafood cooking class.

 

Free Activity

Explore old Maori cultural sites.

 

DAY 3: HAHEI TO RAGLAN

 

We head out of Hahei early to the rural region of Waikato. Our morning starts with a trip out to Bridal Veil Falls; we'll take a short walk through native bush before reaching the 55m cascading waterfall. From there we'll carry on our journey to Raglan, the surfing capital of NZ! You'll have the chance to learn how to surf on Raglan's legendary left-hand surf break. If you don't fancy getting wet, you can spend the afternoon watching surfers tackle the waves from the beach. We'll end the day by watching the sun go down from Inspiration Point. 

 

Where are we staying?

Karioi Lodge - an eco-lodge, near the beach set in native bush.

 

What can we do here?

Learn to surf or take a sunset cruise around the bay (summer only).

 

Free Activity

Take a bush walk around Mt Karioi.

 

 

DAY 4: RAGLAN (VIA WAITOMO) TO ROTORUA

 

Heading out early again, to our first stop of the day Waitomo! Here you will have the opportunity to go black water rafting in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. From there we'll continue down to Rotorua, New Zealand's geothermal capital. From Rotorua, you can visit Hobbiton in Matamata and explore all of the cute Hobbit Holes in the Shire. Lord of the Rings, not your thing? Take the chance to explore all of Rotorua's geothermal hot pools or enjoy a cultural experience at Tamaki Maori Village

 

Where are we staying?

YHA Rotorua - a comfortable hostel, centrally located.

 

What can we do here?

Black water rafting in Waitomo, Hobbiton tour or visit Tamaki Maori Village.

 

Free Activity

Walk around Ruakuri Reserve and do the Waitomo Valley Caves walk.

 

 

DAY 5: ROTORUA TO LAKE ANIWHENUA

 

We leave around midday today, so you have the morning to get involved in some of the activities on offer in Rotorua, like luging or even zorbing! That afternoon we head a little off the beaten track to Lake Aniwhenua, one of Stray's BEST overnight stops as voted by their passengers. We'll head into the Kaingoroa Forest, where we will meet our local Maori guide who will lead us to NZ's oldest Maori rock carvings. That evening we will learn more about Maori traditions, enjoy Maori games, feast on a 'Hangi" a feast that is cooked underground and finish with a sunset drink at Taniwha Bar overlooking the lake.

 

 

This is a ‘Strademark’ experience for $89 it includes:

  • 1 night’s accommodation at Kohutapu Lodge
  • 1 x Hangi dinner, 1x dessert and 1x continental breakfast
  • Guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings
  • Introduction to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges
  • Learn traditional Maori games
  • Participation in a local community program (school term only)

This ‘Strademark’ overnight experience is optional, but in our opinion, it's an absolute must do!

 

Where are we staying?

Kohutapu Lodge - a scenic lakefront lodge

 

What can we do here?

 

Rotorua: white water rafting, zorbing, ziplining.
Lake Aniwhenua: night eeling experience, flax weaving, Haka lesson.

 

 

DAY 6: LAKE ANIWHENUA TO BLUE DUCK STATION

 

That morning, after breakfast we visit a local school to deliver packed lunches to children that often go without. Next up, Taupo! We make a quick visit to the mighty Huka Falls after which you can spend the day doing a skydive. Free fall from 14,000ft over New Zealand's largest lake and look out for Mount Doom. This evening we head to another one of Stray's most popular overnight stops, located in Whakahoro, in one of the most remote parts of the North Island, Blue Duck Station. A 7,200-acre country farm, it's both a working station and environmental leader. We'll learn about life on Blue Duck and enjoy an evening around the campfire.

 

Where are we staying?

 

Blue Duck Station - a country farm lodge.

 

What can we do here?

 

Skydiving and bungy jumping in Taupo.

 

Free Activity

Soak yourself in Taupo's free natural hot pools.

 

 

DAY 7: BLUE DUCK STATION

 

Today is up to you! Spend the day exploring this incredible location, cruise around the farm roads and through native bush on a 4WD, learn about the station's settlement history and conservation work or go horseback riding, maybe even kayaking along the river? The choice is yours! It doesn't matter what you choose as long as you head outdoors and enjoy all the Blue Duck has to offer.

 

Where are we staying?

 

Blue Duck Station - a country farm lodge.

 

What can we do here?

 

An eco-warrior 4WD tour, a half day horse trek, kayaking, jet boating and so much more!

 

Free Activity

Walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall and take in the beautiful surroundings.

 

 

DAY 8: BLUE DUCK STATION TO RAETIHI

 

We're up at the crack of dawn today to make our way to the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. Hiking the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most popular things to do in New Zealand. This 19km walk will take you across rocky terrain with a moon-like atmosphere, past craters and turquoise lakes that you have to see believe. Oh and not forgetting Mount Doom of course! Make sure you pack a backpack full of supplies and clothing for all conditions (it gets cold up there!). That evening we'll stay in the historic nurses home in Raetihi, with farm animals, pamper room, spa bath with mountain views all to enjoy.

 

Where are we staying?

 

Snowy Waters Lodge - Restored historic lodge with mountain views.

 

What can we do here?

 

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, mountain bike Old Coach Road, plus skiing and snowboarding in winter!

 

Free Activity

Taranaki Falls walk and visit Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s pool).

 

 

DAY 9: RAETIHI TO WELLINGTON

 

 

We're up early again to head south towards NZ's capital, Wellington. We'll make our way via the rural towns of Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. Today is all about exploring 'the coolest little capital in the world' according to Lonely Planet; this city has more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York City. Home to New Zealand's parliament buildings is sure to check out the iconic 'Beehive'. It's also jam-packed with arts, culture, craft beers and heaps of shopping! Take the afternoon to explore all the Wellington has to offer, definitely down Oriental Parade and make a trip to the fascinating Te Papa National Museum.

 

Where are we staying?

 

Nomads capital - a hostel located in the city centre.

 

What can we do here?

 

Visit the Weta Workshop (we're Lord of the Rings & Avatar was made), go for dinner & drinks at one of the many restaurants on offer!

 

Free Activity

Head up to the top of Mount Victoria for fantastic views of the city.

 

 

DAY 10: WELLINGTON (VIA RAETIHI) TO AUCKLAND

 

Another early start today, we'll head back to the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland via Raetihi. For those who may have missed out on hiking the Tongariro Crossing, you have the option to hop off in National Park and try again. With an early evening arrival, take the chance to explore the streets of Auckland, visit the Viaduct, do some souvenir shopping or hang out with new friends and share stories about your recent adventures. If you are hanging around Auckland for another day or two, don’t miss your chance to jump off the Harbour Bridge or Sky Tower, skydive, or take a wildlife cruise around the Hauraki Gulf. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!

 

What can we do here?

Skydiving, bungee jump off Auckland Harbour Bridge, walk around or jump off the top of the Sky Tower, go on a whale and dolphin safari.

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Yes – as long as it’s along your pass route then you are welcome to hop off at any point. You can do this spontaneously, but you will then need to re-book your next leg of travel with us in order to hop back on.

No, there is no limit. You can hop off at every stop if you want to.

We recommend you book any travel on the bus at least 48 hours beforehand. This is necessary in order to guarantee your seat (particularly in peak season when it gets busy, i.e. November – March).

Unfortunately we can get busy in the summer months and so we recommend you book your seat at least 48 hours in advance. However if you find that the bus is already full, please call the reservations team and we will put you on a waiting list. Nine times out of ten you will still be able to get on the bus you want, as we do get cancellations. Otherwise we will work with you to get you on the next departure. 

Hop-On Hop-Off Passes: No, accommodation is not included in the pass price. This can be easily booked through your driver on a pay-as-you-go basis and we guarantee your first night's stay at every location as we pre-book beds for you.

All dorm share accommodation can be booked through your Stray driver. We guarantee we will find you a bed for the first night when you travel on the bus, which is really helpful for during peak season.

You book and pay for any activities as you go, through your Stray driver. Feel free to ask him/her for recommendations!

No matter what time of year it is you will need comfortable walking shoes, sunblock, bug repellent, swimwear and a towel. 

We ask that you bring only one reasonably-sized backpack/suitcase (15kg) and a day pack. If you are going to be travelling with a lot more than 15kg, then please let us know.

In winter we also suggest packing a warm hat, rain jacket and light thermals, particularly for the South Island where it gets colder.

In summer remember your flip-flips/sandals/jandals/thongs (pick one according to where you are from!) and a sun hat.

Oh, and some clothes would be good too.

In winter our average group size is 20, in summer 30. Our buses range from 14 to 45 seaters. We try to use the appropriate bus for the group size, keeping it as small and nifty as possible! This means you can do and see more in a day.

Totally! A lot of our travellers arrive alone, others are with friends or partners. It doesn’t matter because by the end of day 1 you have already made a great group of friends on the bus! (“Meeting liked-minded travellers” frequently is rated in the top 5 reasons to travel with us.)

You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with us – all walks and activities are optional and there is something

No we don’t have WIFI on our buses. We trialled it but found that using Prepaid SimCards with data plans provided faster and better coverage across New Zealand than we could provide on the bus. Free SimCards are available at the Auckland International Airport when you arrive, from the Stray Travel Shop (Auckland City) and some Driver Guides also carry these. The data packages are flexible and affordable.  

When you're on the bus, share stories and make friends!  It makes the experience even more memorable. 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The supplier operates on a hop-on-hop-off service where you can "hop off" the bus at an overnight stop along the Stray route. You cannot hop off along the route of identified non-Stray run sectors, i.e. Paihia-Cape Reinga and Christchurch-Greymouth.
  • Stray’s passes are valid for 12 months from the first day of travel. The pass must be activated within 12 months of purchase. You can hop on and hop off the Stray bus as often as you want, within this 12 month period.
  • "Unlimited Travel" is on a space available (i.e. standby) basis only. The travel days north of Auckland (Auckland - Paihia - Cape Reinga) and Christchurch - Greymouth sector is not included. Photo ID must be presented to drivers, and all unlimited travel must be booked. If anyone is deemed to be abusing unlimited travel, they will be immediately removed from the bus and charged for any additional sectors used.

For full terms & conditions please visit: www.straytravel.com/about/privacy/

Please note that the bookings are processed manually and please chat to us before making the booking or you can book with us and your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.


Cancellation Policy:

Stray will charge the following fees in the event of booking cancellations. Cancellations should be made with your original booking agent as they may charge an additional cancellation fee:

8+ days before departure (or open dated): 35% of fare

3-7 days before departure: 50% of fare

Less than 48 hours: 100% of fare


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